“Nonprofits have enough to worry about,” Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said. “They should not pay money for a service that is free. I caution non-profit leaders not to fall victim to these scams.”
Several Nevada groups have received phone calls from an individual offering to update the groups’ DUNS reports for a $549 fee.
DUNS numbers, the standard federal e-commerce identifiers adopted in 1994, are required of all groups receiving federal money and must be updated on an annual basis. There is no charge to update, register or revise a DUNS number.
Nevada nonprofit and cooperation groups that suspect that they have become victims of the scam are encouraged to write a complaint to the Nevada attorney general’s office.